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Glastonbury Festival bans single-use plastic bottles

Glastonbury Festival bans single-use plastic bottles

The festival will no longer sell single-use plastic water bottles in a bid to reduce waste

Glastonbury Festival has announced that single-use plastic bottles will not be available to purchase at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Plastic bottles will also no longer be supplied in any of Glastonbury’s backstage, production, or catering areas, nor will they be provided in artist dressing rooms either.

Although Glasto-goers won’t be barred from bringing plastic bottles onto the site, Glastonbury is taking an active role this year in encouraging everyone to bring a reusable water bottle with them and refill it at any of the hundreds of free water taps around the site.

In addition to tripling the number of WaterAid kiosks where festival-goers will be able to refill their bottle, free drinking water will also be available from all bars across the site.

Meanwhile, canned soft drinks and canned Life Water will be available to purchase from all traders who previously sold soft drinks in plastic bottles.

In 2017, almost 45 tonnes of aluminium cans were recycled after being processed by the Festival’s on-site recycling centre, with this figure being expected to rise significantly in 2019.

Glastonbury said: “Our partners Greenpeace estimate that, globally, up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Greenpeace advise that by far the best way to avoid plastic pollution is to reduce plastic usage.

“With more than one million plastic bottles sold at Glastonbury 2017, we feel that stopping their sale is the only way forward.”

“Although those coming to Glastonbury 2019 will not be prevented from bringing plastic bottles on to the site, we strongly encourage everyone to join the effort by bringing as little single-use plastic as possible.”

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Organiser Emily Eavis added: “It’s paramount for our planet that we all reduce our plastic consumption, and I’m thrilled that, together, we’ll be able to prevent over a million single-use plastic bottles from being used at this year’s Festival.

“I really hope that everyone – from ticket-holder to headliner – will leave Worthy Farm this year knowing that even small, everyday changes can make a real difference. It’s now or never.”

Speaking at the NME Awards back in February 2018, Emily Eavis briefly mentioned plans to prevent plastic bottles being sold at Glastonbury Festival: “We’re working on banning plastic bottles, which is an enormous project and it’s taking a lot of time to tackle it with all the different people we work with, but that’s the big project at the moment for 19, to get rid of plastic bottles across the whole site.”

Tickets for Glastonbury 2019 have sold out back in October (2018), but there will be a resale sometime in April.

WaterAid, Oxfam and Festaff are just some of the organisations offering volunteering places at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Glastonbury 2019 runs between June 26 and 30 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

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